Infographic: The 5 Best Cities to Travel to Using Your Aeroplan Miles

Bassel Abdel-Qader
by Bassel Abdel-Qader March 31, 2016 / No Comments

If there’s one thing that RateHub recommends when it comes to redeeming your Aeroplan Miles, it’s to do so only when you’re getting good value out of them. The way to determine whether or not a particular reward provides good value is to compare the value per mile of that reward to a benchmark (average) dollar value. You might be wondering how you’ll ever come up with such a number, or where to begin. Well, the good news is you don’t need to—we’ve already done all that work for you! Here, we’ll give you the average value of an Aeroplan Mile as well as a snapshot of the five best cities in the world to travel to from Toronto using your hard-earned miles.

When it comes to redeeming your Aeroplan Miles, the golden rule is as follows: only redeem your miles for rewards that are equal to or greater than the average benchmark value. In other words, if the dollar value per mile provided by a particular reward is lower than the benchmark, then you’re better off paying for that reward with cash and saving your miles for something else in the future.

The cities we chose represent the five regions in the world that get you the most value out of your miles when redeeming a round-trip fixed mileage flight from Toronto Pearson International Airport in economy class. Here’s a brief snapshot of each city, its corresponding region, the number of miles needed to get there, and the average value of a mile for a flight there:

City, Country Region Number of Miles Required Average Value of 1 Aeroplan Mile
Queenstown, New Zealand Australia, New Zealand & South Pacific 90,000 $0.0215
New Orleans, USA Canada & Continental USA (Long-haul) 25,000 $0.0198
Kauai, Hawaii Hawaii 45,000 $0.0160
Cartagena, Colombia Northern South America 50,000 $0.0142
Buenos Aires, Argentina Southern South America 60,000 $0.0132

 

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If you want to start earning miles right away, you might want to consider signing up for an Aeroplan credit card. Depending on the card you sign up for, you can earn anywhere from 10,000 to 55,000 Aeroplan Miles as a welcome bonus! Not all of cards are equal, though: some have annual fees and higher earn rates than others. Be sure to take a look at our Aeroplan Miles calculator to compare the potential rewards of each card. One of our favourite cards right now is the TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite, which allows you to earn up to 30,000 miles when you sign up, and has no annual fee in the first year. Here are some more of this card’s highlights:

TD Aeroplan Visa Infinite Card

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  • Receive up to 30,000 Aeroplan Miles for signing up and keeping your account in good standing for 90 days
  • 50% Annual Fee Rebate for the first year(Primary Cardholder only) – that’s $60 in savings! Offer Valid until Dec. 2, 2016
  • Earn 1.5 Aeroplan Miles for every $1 spent on gas, grocery and drugstore purchases, and eligible purchases on aircanada.com
  • Earn 1 Aeroplan Mile for every $1 you spend everywhere else

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